My neck was so stiff after a week of driving along the Amalfi Coast during my Italy vacation, I was in dire need of a massage. All the looking UP at the scenery, DOWN 500 feet to the Mediterranean, AHEAD at the picturesque villages, and AROUND the corners to watch for oncoming cars had put my neck in a bad place—but what a beautiful place the Amalfi Coast is. But first, more about the drive.
The Amalfi Coast drive is 25-plus miles of serpentine twists and turns, narrower than 2 vehicles in some places, and where you will have to drive among oncoming buses and motorcoaches (at least they honk first to warn you), passing motorcycles, cars parked partially in your lane, pedestrians (and their dogs), workers (and their donkeys), and even a marching band; yes, we even had to pass a marching band as they were getting ready for the local parade. See our video to get a feeling of the drive.
In some ways the Amalfi Coast sums up Italy—spectacularly beautiful and should be savored slowly to enjoy it the most. To do this—savor a destination slowly—my husband and I stay in one place for a week and then venture off on day trips. For our week on the Amalfi Coast, we stayed in Positano, a charming village that clings to the hillside and where each step down from the road leads you more deeply to the center of a bustling seaside village, lined with upscale tourist shops selling local ceramics, designer clothes, and locally produced limoncello—a lemon-flavored liquor. We also visited Amalfi, Ravello, Sorrento, and Naples, as well as taking the ferry for a day trip to Capri and the Blue Grotto—totally touristy, but well worth it for the fun and the beautiful color of the water.
My husband says there are only 2 types of food in Italy—good and great. Some of our food highlights of the trip were eating pizza in Naples—where pizza began. It certainly was a slice (or several) of heaven. Nirvana was experienced trying a different gelato in each town we visited—the “Positano Sunset” I had in Amalfi, tasting like an orange Dreamsicle, was especially good and almost as good as a real Positano sunset. And then there was the trinity of ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and earthy mozzarella tossed with pasta; a crispy fried and slightly salty calamari; and an out of this world bruschetta, bursting with flavor and color.
Positano is a 2-hour drive south of Naples. Or if you don’t want to drive, there is train service to Sorrento and then bus service along the coast. A perfect 2-week trip to Italy would be to fly into Rome and stay for 5 days, go to Naples for 2 days (with one day for going to Pompeii), and then a week along the Amalfi Coast, staying a couple of nights in each Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi and then at least 1 night back in Rome before you fly home.
- Lori from Delta Vacations